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No jail time for Newport News student who threatened to blow up teacher’s car

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2019-08-31 16:52:48-04

Jalen Tisdale

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – There will be no jail time for a student who threatened to blow up his teacher’s car.

On August 27, 2019, as part of a guilty plea, 18-year-old Jalen Tisdale will face no jail time with 2 years of probation.

On March 20, 2018 around 10:30 a.m., a Newport News Police officer was working a second job at New Horizons Regional Academy when he was approached by a teacher.

The teacher told the officer she was speaking with Tisdale about his grades when he became upset.

Police say while the teacher was speaking with Tisdale, he told her to back up and threatened to assault her. According to police, Tisdale threatened to blow up the teacher’s car while he was being escorted out of the classroom. He then left the school property.

Police obtained warrants for Tisdale for threat: in writing at school/school event and threat: orally to school employee.

On April 10, 2019 Tisdale was taken into custody.